[fxruby-users] Installing RubyFX on MacOS X 10.4.3

Scott Willson scott at butlerpress.com
Sat Nov 26 22:10:25 EST 2005

Thanks for the detailed write-up. I think you are right that previous  
broken installs can "pollute" your current install, even when you  
have everything right.


On Nov 26, 2005, at 11:16 AM, Russell Fulton wrote:

> OK, I just got hello world up on the screen!  It only took about 20  
> hours :)
> It turns out that the install is reasonably straight forward so  
> long as
> you don't first shoot yourself in both feet by having two Ruby  
> installs
> on your machine ;)
> When I starter paying with ruby I had not realised that tiger  
> installed
> ruby and so I had installed it from fink and by the time I came to  
> play
> with FXRuby I had forgotten this.  Once I  used dselect to remove the
> fink version of Ruby thing started working much better.  This also
> explained why I was able to compile extensions without running the the
> fix program.
> There are still issues with the graphics libraries and these can be  
> very
> confusing and difficult to diagnose.  The problem being that fox and
> builds quite happily without them but things come unstuck with FXRuby
> because it assumes they are in the links are in fox.bundle so you  
> either
> get an error running install.rb setup or when you run any fxruby app
> (depending on the exact circumstance).
> It would be helpful if the fxruby config step could check for the
> existence of the routines in foxlib and give plain English  
> statement of
> the problem.
> One other complication is that not only do you need the libraries you
> also need the include files to build foxlib properly.  Fink does not
> have dev versions of any of the libraries (i.e. the fink packages do
> *not* include the header files).  It is therefore best to install all
> the image libraries from source.  There are convenient links to the
> necessary tar balls on the fox download page -- I also installed zlib
> and bz2.
> The last piece of the puzzle is that (for reasons unknown and possibly
> specific to my setup) the libjpeg.a file that I installed had  
> something
> screwed with its table of contents and I had to run ranlib to fix  
> this.
> So I ended up taking much longer than I should have to do what is  
> really
>  quite a straight forward job. One other thing that tripped me up was
> that I ended up with some libraries installed in /usr/local and  
> some in
> /sw (why oh why does fink install stuff in /sw??  NO I really don't  
> want
> to know ;)  my powerbook is now covered in bloody footprints ;)  My
> excuse is that this is the first time I have tried to install any
> substantial software from source under Mac OS. Oh yes, I'm also  
> getting
> old and stupid :)
> So how does one go about installing fox/fxruby on MacOS 10.4?
> 1/ Install Apple Xcode tools (if not already installed) and copy the
> tarballs for fox and fxruby to somewhere convenient.
> 2/ You also need to download and run the fix script so that the Apple
> supplied ruby can build extensions.
> sudo gem install fixrbconfig
> sudo fixrbconfig
> 3/ check the prerequisite libraries (png, tiff and jpeg) *and* include
> files in both /usr/local and /sw  (libraries in lib/ and include in
> include/  -- files in lib/ have lib prepended to the name e.g.  
> libpng).
> If any are missing then rebuild that package from source (links on the
> the fox download page).  All packages install in /usr/local by default
> so if you have installed the from fink but are missing the include  
> files
> the use dselect to uninstall them first.
> I had to run ranlib on libjpeg.a:
> sudo ranlib /usr/local/lib/libjpeg.a
> now you should be able to install fox and fxruby following the usual
> instructions.
> The key to a successful install is to have the graphic libraries all
> present and correct *before* you start installing fox.
> Lyle:  Please feel free to use this material to update the fxruby
> install web pages.
> One last note:  When I did my final build of fox.bundle (which I  
> did by
> descending into ext/fox, removing fox.bundle and running make) I got a
> whole bunch of duplicate symbol warning for various tiff routines  
> which
> ld found in both libtiff and libfox.  I'm not sure what that was about
> but the fox.bundle that resulted seems to work just fine.
> Cheers, Russell
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